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State high court reinstates verdict against company for fatal cancer caused by asbestos

The original verdict against a pipe supply company involved a construction worker who was fatally stricken with cancer after cutting asbestos-laden pipes.

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Johnson & Johnson stops selling talc-based baby powder in U.S. and Canada

The company said demand has declined "fueled by misinformation around the safety of the product and a constant barrage of litigation advertising."

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Asbestos inhalation poses cancer risks to workers and consumers

US EPA finds unreasonable risks for 6 current uses, including chlor-alkali diaphragms.

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This little-known principle has harmed millions of people. What are we doing to change it?

The Kehoe paradigm assumes a lack of risk unless proven otherwise. Here's why that's a problem, and how people are working to find a better way.

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Breaking bad: Uncovering the oil industry's dirty secret

Every year hundreds of ships and oil rigs are sold to shipbreaking yards in south Asia where they are cut apart by low-paid migrants.

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Iowa House sends asbestos lawsuit bill to governor

Iowans who become sick from asbestos exposure would have to provide more detailed information to file a lawsuit under a bill that was sent to the governor
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FDA running more asbestos tests of talc-based cosmetics after nine positive findings

Tests ordered by the FDA found traces of asbestos in nine samples of talc-based cosmetics products; 43 samples came back negative.
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Rules around removal of deadly asbestos tightened on P.E.I.

P.E.I.’s Workers Compensation Board has reviewed and revised the rules for contractors removing asbestos from buildings during renovations or demolition.
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Philly school board signs off on $850K for teacher with asbestos-linked cancer

Sam Meirowitz, the lawyer who represents Lea DiRusso, said no amount of money can fix the fact that she has a fatal, asbestos-caused cancer.
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Chemical industry executive nominated to lead consumer watchdog agency

Nancy B. Beck, who once directed science policy at the American Chemistry Council, was nominated to lead the Consumer Product Safety Commission, which guards against dangerous products.

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Amid Philly schools’ asbestos crisis, city to pay an outside monitor to watchdog jobs

The move comes amid strained relations between the district and the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, which monitors environmental work inside city schools.

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Bucks County community, lawmakers call for shutdown of quarry after naturally-occurring asbestos found

Health officials say even naturally-occurring asbestos can pose health risks when it becomes airborne or is exposed to water.
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Whistleblower claims city ignored warnings about asbestos and fire safety at San Diego high rise

An engineer at the city of San Diego claims his supervisors ignored his warnings about asbestos contamination and fire dangers.

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Three Philadelphia schools slated to reopen this week after completion of asbestos abatement

Three Philadelphia schools are expected to reopen this week after asbestos cleanup was completed.

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Philadelphia Federation of Teacher want state of emergency declared as two more schools close due to asbestos

The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers wants Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf to declare a state of emergency as two more public elementary schools were closed for asbestos cleanup and air quality testing.

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